Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,420,491
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tropical Storms/Hurricanes, Flooding, Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2018: Kilauea Volcanic Eruption; 2018: Hurricane Lane
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2017: $4,864,239
    FY 2018: $5,047,625
    FY 2019: $5,075,000
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 3
  • Laboratorian: 9
  • Educator: 6
  • Health Professionals: 0
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 0
  • Other*: 22

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Community Preparedness
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Information Sharing
Stories from the Field
CDC in Action–Protecting Hawaii Residents during Kilauea Volcano Eruption

In Hawaii, the PHEP program facilitates training and exercising in emergency management for public health staff to minimize the negative health impacts of emergencies and disasters. When the Kilauea Volcano erupted in May 2018, PHEP-funded staff deployed public health teams to evaluate health and safety risks in shelters where affected residents stayed and kept the public updated on air quality and lava flow through social media and a health department advisory webpage. Thanks to preparation through PHEP, staff were also able to quickly establish six distribution sites to distribute more than 52,000 particulate filtering masks to residents in affected areas to help protect against volcanic ash.

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak
Supporting Hepatitis A Outbreak Investigation and Response

When a hepatitis A outbreak sickened more than 240 people in the summer of 2016, PHEP-funded staff supported communications with partners as well as the public and facilitated staffing logistics. As a result, subject matter experts were able to concentrate on providing guidance concerning, for example, vaccinations, symptoms, and treatment to people who were exposed to the virus. Epidemiologists and investigators were also able to focus on tracing the cases of illness to contaminated scallops at a restaurant. The presence of the incident command system enhanced Hawaii’s ability to bring an end to the outbreak and potentially save lives.

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